Ron Russell Resumes Duties

first_imgRon Russell announced today, Sept. 19, that he will resume his duties as minister of Transportation and Public Works this week. Mr. Russell underwent surgery for cancer of the bowel in July. Mr. Russell, who also holds the positions of deputy premier and government House leader, will join his cabinet and government caucus colleagues at meetings this week in Antigonish and Guysborough. Cabinet will meet on Thursday morning in Antigonish. “I have received a clean bill of health from my surgeon. I feel terrific and I’m keen to get back to work,” he said. “I was optimistic throughout this whole procedure. My spirits were good and I had a great deal of support from my colleagues, friends and family,” he added. “I will be eternally grateful for all of the expressions of support and encouragement, all the cards and calls and visits, that I received.” “We are all thrilled to have Ron back in action,” said Premier John Hamm. “His wit and wisdom were sorely missed. Everyone is delighted to see him come through this challenge with flying colours.” Michael Baker served as the acting minister of Transportation and Public Works, during Mr. Russell’s absence.last_img read more

Changes Help Art Gallery Plan for Future

first_imgThe Art Gallery of Nova Scotia will be able to make more efficient decisions about operations and pursue new fundraising opportunities to strengthen its role as the region’s leading fine art institution. Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra introduced changes to legislation today, Nov. 13, to eliminate the need to seek cabinet approval for operational decisions by the gallery’s board and clear the way for an independent foundation to oversee fundraising for gallery special projects. “The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is crucial to the arts landscape in our region and we want it to continue as a leader in promoting art appreciation and education,” said Mr. Preyra. “A strong gallery promotes opportunities for Nova Scotia’s visual artists and puts arts and culture at the heart of a vibrant community that makes life better for Nova Scotia’s families. “We want to support the gallery’s board as they plan for the future. We’re committed to growth in our creative economy, and the changes introduced today underline that the gallery’s board and the government want the gallery to remain a leader in arts programming.” The gallery will now be able to make decisions in a more business-like way which will allow it to play a stronger role to strengthen the arts in Nova Scotia. “The board of governors of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is delighted to see these important changes to the gallery’s governance structure,” said board chair Mark Bursey. “These amendments will aid the gallery in its mission of engaging people with art and permit change that will position us to build on our strong foundation as Nova Scotia’s art museum.” The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia oversees the province’s art collection, advances public access to the collection and provides opportunities for Nova Scotians to increase their knowledge of fine art. FOR BROADCAST: The province is amending the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Act to allow the board of the gallery to make operational decisions without needing cabinet approval. The act is also being changed to allow an independent foundation to be created to raise funds for special projects at the gallery. Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra says the gallery is crucial to the province’s arts community and the changes will support the board in planning for a bright future. -30-last_img read more

Air Canada says mobile app breach may affect up to 20000 customers

first_imgMONTREAL – Air Canada says 20,000 customers may have had their personal information improperly accessed due to a breach in its mobile app, prompting a lock-down on all 1.7 million accounts until consumers change their passwords.The airline says it detected unusual login activity last week and tried to block the hacking attempt, locking the app accounts as an additional measure.Mobile app users received an email Wednesday morning alerting them as to whether their account had been affected.The app stores basic information including a user’s name, email and phone number. Air Canada says credit card information is encrypted and would be protected from a breach.The company says that Aeroplan numbers, passport numbers, birth dates, nationalities and countries of residence could have been accessed if users saved them in their account profile.Users can reactivate their account by following instructions emailed to them or prompts when logging in.last_img read more

Katie Cassidy to Return to Arrow as a Series Regular — Black

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Laurel Lance is officially moving back to Star City!Katie Cassidy will return to Arrow as a series regular for the sixth season of the CW superhero drama, ET can reveal.Warner Bros announced on Monday that Cassidy, who was killed off in Arrow‘s fourth season, is set to appear as the Black Siren for episodes #522 and #523 and will then continue in the same role next year. “One of the things that most excites us about Arrow is that we go where the story takes us,” Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim said in a statement. Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img

After Trump barbs GM announces 18 bn investment new jobs

first_imgNew York: Facing a barrage of attacks from President Donald Trump over plant closures, General Motors announced Friday a USD 1.8 billion investment and the creation of 700 new jobs in the United States. About USD 300 million will be geared towards production of electric vehicles at the auto giant’s Orion plant in Michigan, creating 400 jobs, the company said in a statement. Those vehicles had been slated for production outside of the United States. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal In November, GM shuttered five US plants, including auto assembly plants in Michigan and Ohio as part of a 15 per cent cut in its workforce worldwide — cutting around 14,000 employees — which drew Trump’s Twitter wrath. This week he urged the company to reopen the Lordstown, Ohio auto plant or sell it to someone who would. “We are excited to bring these jobs and this investment to the US,” GM chief Mary Barra said in announcing the plans to employees in Orion. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost “This new Chevrolet electric vehicle is another positive step toward our commitment to an all-electric future. GM will continue to invest in our US operations where we see opportunities for growth.” The new investment will help the company comply with new rules agreed to under the revised North American free trade deal, the statement said. Among other changes, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, requires that manufacturers produce a share of their vehicles in higher-wage factories in order to gain duty-free access to the region — a requirement aimed at favoring US and Canadian facilities over those in Mexico. The treaty has yet to be ratified, however. The Orion plant already builds the Chevy Bolt EV, and the new model “will be based off an advanced version of the same vehicle architecture,” the statement said. However, this is separate from the previously announced plan to produce a Cadillac EV. In addition to the investment, GM said it is in the process of adding 1,000 jobs to its truck assembly plant in Flint, Michigan. And the company said it has 2,700 openings at five sites around the country available to the 2,800 hourly workers impacted by the recent plant closures.last_img read more

US wants recommendations implemented

MR. TONER: Well, we think – sure, Shaun. We think we’ve been very consistent in our dialogue with the Government of Sri Lanka regarding the issue of reconciliation and accountability. We long publicly supported the idea of the Government of Sri Lanka having the time and space for this domestic Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission to carry out its work, and believed that an action plan would be announced when that report was made public. And then subsequent to the report’s publication, we wanted the Government of Sri Lanka to follow up on some of the recommendations from the report. The United States says it wants Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and this will be the main focus of the resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council.US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark C. Toner told reporters that the Sri Lankan government has not yet put forward a detailed action plan following the release of the LLRC report. Transcript of the press briefing: MR. TONER: Well, through our Embassy, of course, and I’m sure almost on a daily basis, there is engagement with the Government of Sri Lanka. Maybe not always on this particular issue, but certainly I’m sure this is — MR. TONER: Well, we wouldn’t be pursuing it if there wasn’t a desire. We’re also – obviously continue to be engaged with the Sri Lankan Government. But we’ve long said that we would support local efforts and want to see local efforts to address these issues, but we would also engage international mechanisms if appropriate. QUESTION: Just following up, on the Human Rights Council, in previous years, it’s fallen short regarding Sri Lanka. Is there – how concerted is the effort by the United States? Is there a desire to really pass something in the Human Rights Council on — QUESTION: After the visit of Indian foreign minister to Sri Lanka and then the U.S. diplomats, has there been any — MR. TONER: Additional follow-up? QUESTION: — diplomatic follow-through between U.S. and India on — Again, we welcome the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission’s report. It was a Sri Lankan undertaking, which includes many strong recommendations that, when implemented, could help improve and contribute to genuine reconciliation and strengthening of democratic institutions and practices in Sri Lanka. But to date, frankly, we’ve not seen a detailed action plan from the Government of Sri Lanka on how it’s going to implement these recommendations. So I think we still encourage the Government of Sri Lanka to move forward to take concrete steps on this implementation plan. And at the same time, we’re working with our partners in Geneva on a resolution within the UNHRC that calls for actions on important steps towards reconciliation. But I think our goal ultimately is the same here: We want to see these recommendations implemented and so that they can help lead towards reconciliation. read more

Asian stock markets muted as Ukraine crisis adds to risk factors

MUMBAI, India – Asian stock markets were subdued Tuesday after investors around the world took fright at how the crisis in Ukraine might escalate.Oil prices settled somewhat after spiking by 2.3 per cent Monday on the possibility of Western sanctions against Russia for its military incursion into the Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. Russia is one of the world’s leading energy exporters.Japan’s Nikkei 225 was up 0.3 per cent at 14,698.97 while China’s Shanghai Composite fell 0.8 per cent to 2,058.68. South Korea’s Kospi fell 0.4 per cent to 1,957.60. In Taiwan, the Taiex dropped 0.3 per cent to 8,581.29.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.4 per cent to 22,591.97. Markets in Southeast Asia were mostly lower.“Asia is in wait and see mode with traders reluctant to commit to either direction until we get another headline or a bit more clarity on the Ukraine-Russia situation,” said IG strategist Stan Shamu in a market commentary.Developments in Ukraine have dominated the start of what is likely to be a busy week on the economic news front. As well as a raft of U.S. economic data that culminates with Friday’s nonfarm payrolls figures for February, investors have the monthly policy meeting from the European Central Bank to monitor.On Wall Street, the S&P 500 index fell 13.72 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 1,845.73, the biggest drop since Feb. 3. The index was down as much as 25 points at one point before recouping some of the ground it lost. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 153.68 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 16,168.03.European markets tumbled even more sharply, with Moscow’s RTS stock index sliding 12 per cent.The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares closed down 1.5 per cent at 6,708.35 while the CAC-40 in France fell 2.7 per cent to 4,290.87. The retreat on Germany’s DAX was even greater, largely because the country is reliant on Russian gas, with the index ending 3.4 per cent lower at 9,358.89.Benchmark U.S. crude for April delivery was down 26 cents to $104.66 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract jumped $2.33 to close at $104.92 a barrel on Monday.In currencies, the euro inched down to $1.3735 from $1.3736 late Monday. The dollar rose to 101.71 yen from 101.54 yen. Asian stock markets muted as Ukraine crisis adds to risk factors In this Feb. 28, 2014 photo, traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Richard Drew by Kay Johnson, The Associated Press Posted Mar 3, 2014 1:46 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

DR Congo peace efforts regional framework at crucial juncture UN officials stress

“It is the concrete implementation of national commitment in the DRC and commitments at the regional level that would lead to sustainable peace in the region, and this cannot wait any longer,” the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Mary Robinson, said in a briefing to the Security Council. Addressing the 15-member body by video link from the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, Mrs. Robinson said that the positive atmosphere that prevailed last month in the aftermath of the defeat of the M23 rebel group has “vanished” and that the region is going through a period of renewed turbulence.This has been marked by deadly attacks in eastern DRC by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group, the ongoing crisis in Central African Republic (CAR) and the eruption of fighting in South Sudan. Amid this fragility in the region, Mrs. Robinson said that the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the Region – signed by 11 nations in February 2013 – remains “the best chance” to achieve sustainable peace, security, cooperation and development in the Great Lakes Region. “However, it is essential that the pace of its implementation be increased in order to maximize its impact,” she said of the accord.At the national level, she said efforts to reform the security sector should be significantly increased and accelerated – which would be essential for expanding State authority, particularly in eastern DRC. Another priority is the swift implementation of an effective programme to disarm and reintegrate former M23 combatants. The envoy noted that at the regional level, signatory countries must also begin implementing their commitments, including working towards further economic integration and concrete confidence-building steps such as ensuring that no one is harbouring individuals responsible for grave human rights violations or assisting armed groups.The Framework agreement is at a crucial juncture, Mrs. Robinson stressed. “However, what is most important for meaningful progress is the immediate implementation of all commitments at the national and regional levels in order to bring about concrete peace dividends and lasting life improvements to the people in the region.”Martin Kobler, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for DRC, told the Council that the signing last year of the Framework was a major milestone, along with the creation of the intervention brigade within the UN peacekeeping force, known as MONUSCO. “With the Force Intervention Brigade and our unmanned aerial vehicles, all armed groups are aware now that we have the will and the means to take robust action at any time,” said Mr. Kobler, who is also head of MONUSCO.“In the coming weeks, we will finalize the review of our military deployment across eastern Congo. We will then have a more flexible force. We need it to be more agile, ready to deploy when it is needed and where civilians are threatened, to take on the threat.”At the same time, he noted that peace in eastern DRC can only be durable if its root causes are addressed. “Restitution of State authority alone is not enough. Only regional cooperation and good governance will provide the peace dividend the population is expecting,” he said. In this regard, he cited the need for legalizing and regulating the current exploitation and trade of conflict minerals in order to substantially increase state revenues. “Thus, Congo’s natural wealth will help finance the economic and social challenges of the country. Obviously, this has to be done in partnership with the Government of the DRC and neighbouring States, the private sector and with the assistance of the international community.” read more

Advance tickets on sale for Centre for the Arts new season

Serena Ryder performs at the Centre for the Arts on Oct. 11. Tickets are currently available to Hot Ticket members only.Serena Ryder is playing Brock’s Centre for the Arts in October and you can’t get tickets.What do you do? You could “stompa” your feet in disappointment but the better option is to become a member of the Centre for the Arts and score tickets to Ryder and any of the shows in upcoming Hot Ticket season before they go on sale to everyone else in September.Tickets are now on sale to members only for the 44th professional entertainment season, featuring “the very best professional music, dance, theatre, comedy and family shows from Canada and around the world to the Niagara Region,” said Debbie Slade, Centre for the Arts director.The season is filled with legendary Juno and Grammy award-winning musicians, actors, dancers and artists from all disciplines – world, folk, pop, roots and blues music, Canadian theatre, contemporary dance, and comedy. The extensive lineup includes perennial fan favourites and many others performing at Brock for the first time.The Hot Ticket season kicks off officially on Sunday, Oct. 6 when legendary Canadian comedienne, Mary Walsh with her hit one-woman show Dancing with Rage, takes to the stage. The stellar opening month continues with musical performances by Ryder, Jane Sibbery, Marc Jordan, Roch Voisine, Ron Sexsmith, Jenn Grant, Jesse Cook, plus an award-winning powerful contemporary theatre piece by Mani Soleymanlou called ONE.“It’s all about the live experience,” Slade said. “The 2013-14 Hot Ticket professional entertainment season is guaranteed to stimulate the imagination, surprise, enlighten, entertain, inspire and sometimes even challenge.”Not only do members get early access to tickets, they get first dibs on great seating, save up to 20 per cent on regular ticket prices, get free parking and can bring a friend for free to certain events.The Centre for the Arts is not just for adults. This year’s bill also includes fun and educational performances for the young theatre goer, and selected performances with special family and children’s rates.Tickets are still $20 for university and college students and $5 eyeGO to the Arts tickets are available, starting Sept. 3, to high school students for all performances this season.For more information about Hot Ticket membership and the 2013-14 season lineup, call the Box Office at 905-688-5550 x3257 or 1-866-617-3257, or visit the Centre for the Arts online. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio States unbeaten Big Ten streak continues with 6749 against

Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) passes the ball in the second half in the game against Michigan State on Jan. 7 in Value City Arena. Ohio State won 80-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 22 Ohio State (17-4, 8-0 Big Ten) went on the road to Madison Square Garden to face Minnesota (14-8, 3-5 Big Ten) and came away with a 67-49 win Saturday to remain undefeated in conference play. With the win, Ohio State matched its win total from last season when it went 17-15 overall.Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop made some quick shots and a hit a baseline jumper with 1:10 left before the half that earned him his 1,000 career points. He went into halftime with six points, but finished the game with 17 points and 12 rebounds, his eighth double-double of the season despite being 0-for-6 from behind the arc. The Buckeyes went on a 24-2 run with just less than 10 minutes left in the first half to them up 34-22. The Buckeyes opened the second half with another 6-0 run to put Ohio State up by 13. Minnesota went on a 9-0 run over a two-minute stretch giving the Gophers a 20-10 lead with 11 minutes left in the first half, but it was all Ohio State after that. Minnesota was outscored 57 to 29 the rest of the game.Minnesota sophomore guard Amir Coffey returned to this game after missing the last five games with a shoulder injury. He reached his 1,000 career points, finished the game with 11 points on 5-for-9 shooting. Junior forward Jordan Murphy led the Golden Gophers with 13 points. Ohio State freshman forward Kaleb Wesson and junior guard CJ Jackson led the Buckeyes in scoring with 11 points heading into halftime. Wesson finished the game with 15 points and eight rebounds while Jackson finished with 11 points.A key difference in this game came from points off turnovers. The Buckeyes scored 22 points off Minnesota’s 15 turnovers. The Gophers only saw three points off the Buckeyes’ eight turnovers. Ohio State was 8-for-8 from the free-throw line compared to Minnesota’s 10-for-20. read more

Ohio State womens hockey set for weekend series against No 8 Minnesota

Sophomore forward Claudia Kepler (24) skates near the ice during a game against Mercyhurst on Nov. 11 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost, 3-0.Credit: Jon McAllister / Asst. photo editorThe defensive-minded Ohio State women’s hockey team is preparing for an attacking style of play from No. 8 Minnesota Duluth in a weekend series.OSU coach Nate Handrahan said the two teams have different approaches to the game and that’s what makes the matchup interesting.“I see them as a team that’s going to get up the ice and they are going to try and throw anything in the kitchen sink at you offensively,” Handrahan said. “I think that our base of our game is on playing solid, consistent defense to allow our offense to create. So I think its ying and yang a little bit as far as programs.”Sophomore forward Claudia Kepler said she agrees with her coach that the teams are different. She said Minnesota Duluth might have the skill, but OSU has the speed.“We have a lot of speed in our front end as well as our defense, something that will benefit us in the game,” Kepler said.In the past three seasons, OSU (8-7-1, 5-6-1) has faced Minnesota Duluth (11-5-2, 6-5-1) in Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoff games.The last time the Buckeyes met the Bulldogs was in the first round of WCHA playoffs at the end of last season. OSU lost the series after dropping two of three games.“It’s been a rivalry that we’ve had over the years because we see them so much in playoffs,” Handrahan said. “They play a very up-tempo game, a five-player game and we have to be alert and on our toes.”For this weekend against Minnesota Duluth, Handrahan said he has worked a lot with his lines to find which combination of players can make an impact on the ice.“You need three players that play well, and you need three players that play well together. If we can have three lines of scoring, that makes us difficult for anybody to play against,” he said.Senior forward Kayla Sullivan said her team has prepared to play the Bulldogs a little differently than they normally prepare to play a team.“We’ve done a lot more video than normal, mainly because they like to use a lot of set plays,” Sullivan said. “We also have a good competition going on between us. They like to play a little risky. These are usually chippy but fun games. They bring out the best in both teams.”In the Buckeyes’ most recent game against Robert Morris, Sullivan led her team scoring two goals and having one assist against the Eagles. Sullivan looks to carry that momentum onto the ice for the series this weekend.“Last game I got on the scoreboard a little more than I normally do. I had a fun game,” Sullivan said. “I just want to take that loose energy and bring that and hopefully I can continue that momentum.”Handrahan said he considers Sullivan and the rest of his seniors to be leaders on the team.“You can only go as far as your seniors allow you to go. That doesn’t mean every senior is playing a premier role but every role is premier,” Handrahan said. “They are doing a great job of keeping the team in the right frame of mind to make sure we are prepared for every game.”The Buckeyes have nearly reached the halfway point in their season and Handrahan said he’s happy with where his team is.“I think we’ve progressed. We are playing a pretty good style from a five-on-five perspective,” Handrahan said. “Starting to see lines solidify a little bit creating chemistry with one another and I think that has presented itself in scoring situations as well.”As far as the teams’ record this season, Kepler said there are a few games she would like back from earlier this season.“I know we had a few games in the past we wish we would’ve won but we’ve learned from them,” Kepler said. “Going into next semester I think we will have more confidence and going in knowing that any team can win.”The Buckeyes are set to take to the OSU Ice Rink against the Bulldogs on Friday and Saturday. The faceoff is scheduled for 6:07 p.m. for both games. read more

The sexist reaction and five other things we learned about Nicola Sturgeon

first_imgSomeone fixed the #DailyMail’s front page for tomorrow. Priceless. #Brexit #Legsit cc: @EverydaySexism— Terri Paddock (@TerriPaddock) March 27, 2017 On Good Morning Britain, businesswoman Lady Michelle Mone said she wasn’t too bothered by the picture.She said: “It is a throwback to the 1950s. It is wrong, it’s naughty of them but it is grabbing attention today and everyone’s talking about the Daily Mail.  4. Theresa May at easeTheresa May laughs easily, with her legs uncrossed. She looks comfortable. “There are more important things to talk about.”They are two very glamorous women and there is a lot of leg showing there”.Susanna Reid said she was frustrated how the conversation diverted attention from the issues around Brexit.She said: “There are more important things to worry about, one of them being whether Scotland remains parts of the UK when it comes to Brexit. “One of the most frustrating things about this is – legs have nothing to do with it!”The body languageHowever, the pictures did speak louder than the words spoken by the two; according to body language experts, rather a lot can be gleaned from the posture of the two leaders. Apparently, some mild interest in politicians’ legs today; here are mine. They’re a bit short. But with a lovely Aboyne vista here. #Legs-it— Ruth Davidson (@RuthDavidsonMSP) March 28, 2017 While some thought the only problem with the front page was the fact they used an exclamation point instead of a question mark, others including former Labour leader Ed Miliband and current leader Jeremy Corbyn were outraged by the front page. @GMB Top trolling. Winding people up. We are so easily outraged now😂— Damjana Finci (@DamjanaFinci) March 28, 2017 5. Nicole Sturgeon’s pursed mouth betrays nervesThe two look very different – Nicola Sturgeon as previously mentioned has crossed her leg, and clearly isn’t joining in the laughter with Theresa May. Only the Daily Mail could manage to spew up this inappropriate 1970s style sexist headline.— Michael Fabricant (@Mike_Fabricant) 28 March 2017 A photograph of Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon at a meeting is all anyone can talk about this morning.Attention was drawn to the legs of the world leaders, with many saying this was sexist and that the media would not have compared the David Cameron and Boris Johnson’s body parts when they were at loggerheads over Brexit.The Daily Mail ran a front page which said “never mind Brexit, who won legs-it!”, with a picture taken from an angle in which the focal point was the legs of Scotland’s First Minister and Britain’s prime minister. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It’s 2017. This sexism must be consigned to history. Shame on the Daily Mail.— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) March 27, 2017 Mr Miliband wrote: “The 1950s called and asked for their headline back.”Piers Morgan brushed off the reaction about the “sexist” caption and argued there was a “double standard” and that men were often mocked for how they looked.He said:  “Women don’t pause to mock Boris Johnson and Donald Trump for the way they look.”The five most powerful people in the country are women.”This picture shows that women are leading Scotland and England”.The picture started a conversation and the hashtag #legsit began trending. Theresa May laughingCredit:SWNS This headline is outrageous. Why does it not end with a question mark?— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 28, 2017 Dear @DailyMailUK, on Sunday the clocks went forward an hour, not back fifty years. #dailyfail #legsit— Freddie Rochez (@frochez) March 28, 2017 REUTERS/Russell Cheyne It’s 2017. Two women’s decisions will determine if United Kingdom continues to exist. And front page news is their lower limbs. Obviously— Yvette Cooper (@YvetteCooperMP) March 27, 2017 The leanCredit:REUTERS/Russell Cheyne 1. The tense smileBody language expert Judi James told the Mail that Nicola Sturgeon’s tense smile betrayed nervousness.She said: “A smiling Sturgeon looked tense and rather anxious”.2. Crossed legsHer crossed leg “suggested a desire to make an escape…although she placed one elbow on the arm of the chair closest to the Prime Minister, which is an act of appeasement that suggests she is still keen to listen to the Tory leader.”3. The leanNicola Sturgeon can be seen here leaning away from a grinning Theresa May.She does look rather nervous. Theresa May laughing Their smiles looked rather forcedCredit:REUTERS/Russell Cheyne The 1950s called and asked for their headline back.#everydaysexism— Ed Miliband (@Ed_Miliband) March 27, 2017 Moronic! And we are in 2017!— Harriet Harman (@HarrietHarman) March 27, 2017last_img read more

SPOILERS: 8/21 WWE Main Event taping results from Brooklyn

first_img WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events SPOILERS: 9/5 Impact TV Tapings from Las Vegas to air on Pursuit and Twitch Bob Iger Roman Reigns is in Remission David Benioff The following was taped on Monday night in Brooklyn, New York.8/21 WWE Main Event taping results:Thanks to’s own Mike Tedesco for this live report.* Heath Slater def. Curt Hawkins.* The Brian Kendrick def. Gran Metalik.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClip`Game of Thrones` Showrunners to Helm Next `Star Wars` MovieVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:07/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 70.77%0:04Remaining Time -1:03 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Rian Johnson Netflix Inks Overall Deal With ‘Game of Thrones’ Creators `Game of Thrones` Showrunners to Helm Next `Star Wars` Movie Videos Articles Google+ Videos Articles Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img SPOILERS: 9/1 NXT UK TakeOver Cardiff Fallout TV Tapings to air on WWE Network Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Who Are Ronda Rousey’s Top WWE Supporters? WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Twitter Now Playing Up Nextlast_img

Common Craigslist scam hits another San Diego family

first_img Posted: September 10, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – After apartment hunting, one San Diego family thought they found the perfect place for their daughter through Craigslist- but it was too good to be true. What ended up as a scam, as we found out, turned out to be a common one.KUSI’s Dani Ruberti explans what happened, and the warning this family has for future renters. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter September 10, 2018center_img Common Craigslist scam hits another San Diego family , last_img read more

Florida fisherman reels in recordbreaking flathead catfish weighing nearly 70 pounds

first_img(WSVN) – A Florida fisherman made a record breaking catch in the Panhandle.Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission certified a new state record after Marvin Griffin from Santa Rosa County captured a nearly 70-foot flathead catfish.Griffin said the fish was the first and only catch he made that day.The former state record weighed 63.8 pounds and was caught on the Chattahoochee River in Jackson County in 2016.Flathead catfish are a non-native fish found in many Northwest Florida river systems.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Facebook might reintegrate Messenger back into its main app

first_img Facebook is bringing the Chats back to the app for preparing integrated messagingTip @Techmeme— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) April 12, 2019 Post a comment Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp are merging chat features. Thierry Chesnot / Getty Images Facebook might be considering reintegrating some of its Messenger service back into its primary app.Researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who is well known for reverse-engineering popular social media apps, posted screenshots to Twitter on Friday of Facebook’s app with a Messenger icon in the top right-hand corner, which taps through into the Messenger inbox.”For now, this new ‘Chats’ section seems to only contain the basic chat functionalities,” she said. “To give message reactions, make a call, send photos, etc, you’d still have to open the Messenger app.” Originally published April 12, 10:51 a.m. PT.Update, 12:13 p.m. PT: Includes statement from Facebook. 2:15 Share your voice If Facebook reintegrated messaging into the main app, it would be an about-turn for the company, which in 2014 insisted that to keep using Messenger on a mobile device, it’d be mandatory for users to download the standalone app. Since that time, Facebook acquired WhatsApp and is currently preparing to integrate chat and messaging functions across the two services, as well as with Instagram.A Facebook spokeswoman said the company doesn’t have any additional details to share at this time.”We are testing ways to improve the messaging experience for people within the Facebook app,” the spokeswoman said. “Messenger remains a feature-rich, stand-alone messaging app with over a billion people using it monthly to connect with the people and businesses they care about most.” CNET’s Queenie Wong contributed to this report.  Deactivating your Facebook account doesn’t stop data… Tags 0 Now playing: Watch this: Internet Services Mobile Apps Facebooklast_img read more

Counterprotest drowns out US neoNazi rally

first_imgAntifa and counter protestors to a far-right rally chant during the Unite the Right 2 Rally in Washington, DC, on 12 August. Photo: AFPA white supremacist rally outside the White House fizzled out Sunday after only a handful of neo-Nazis showed up and were massively outnumbered by hundreds of counter-protesters.In an effort to avoid a repeat of the chaos of a deadly protest in Charlottesville, Virginia exactly a year ago, Washington police closed streets and threw a ring of steel across a public park to make sure the white supremacists and rowdy counter-protesters did not come into contact.Officers used pepper spray toward the end of the demonstrations, targeting a group of black-clad anti-fascists who scuffled with police a few blocks from the White House, but the day appeared to end without major incident.Early in the afternoon, about 20 white nationalists trickled in from nearby Vienna, Virginia-under heavy police escort-at Washington’s Foggy Bottom Metro station, as a larger group of at least 300 counter-protesters awaited them, shouting “Shame!” and “Get out of my city!” and jeering them loudly.After marching to Lafayette Square in front of the White House, the small group was driven in police vans back to a different train station.“Behold the master race,” one counter-protester mockingly yelled.By the end of the day, only a smaller group of six individuals remained, ashen-faced as a crowd of about 200 counter-protesters screamed at them, separated by scores of police officers.Heavy rain helped bring the so-called United the Right demonstration to an early end, hours before the scheduled finish of what had been billed as a “white civil rights rally” protesting, among other things, the social media shut down of some voices on the extreme right.At Freedom Plaza, located on one end of Pennsylvania Avenue that leads to the US Capitol, a few hundred counter-protesters of all ages, including children and retirees, gathered in a seemingly light-hearted atmosphere.One group danced in the street.“The US is for all of us, NOT just some of us,” one sign read, while another said, “Fighting Nazis: An American Tradition.”Last year, torch-bearing white supremacists marched through Charlottesville in two days of chaos that culminated with a man driving a car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman and injuring 19 people.In that case, some of the white supremacists carried guns, including assault rifles, but all firearms were barred from Sunday’s rally.Charlottesville police faced massive criticism for their response and their failure to keep demonstrators and counter-protesters apart.Washington police, who had begun massing near Lafayette Square as early as 8:00 am, appeared intent on avoiding the same pitfalls.Like Nazi GermanyKei Pritsker, 22, a Washington-area volunteer for the Answer Coalition that organized this year’s counter-protest, said it was necessary to send a strong message to neo-Nazi sympathizers.“It would be a major mistake if we allowed fascists to just walk into the nation’s capital and go in unopposed,” he said.The white supremacist movement is enjoying a greater sense of empowerment under President Donald Trump, he added.“When Trump was elected, a lot of those people that were harboring a lot of racist sentiments felt like, because they had a president’s backing, they could just go out and say this stuff,” Pritsker said.In the immediate aftermath of last year’s march, Trump drew broad criticism when he appeared initially reluctant to condemn the extreme right-wingers-many of whom have rallied behind him since his election.On Saturday, the president issued a generic condemnation of “all types of racism and acts of violence” via Twitter.A black man at the counter-protest who would only give his name as Jim said America feels more racist under Trump.“It has emboldened white folks now. If they are walking down the sidewalk, their position is you better get out of the way,” he told AFP.“It was subtle, now it’s not subtle, it’s in your face. It’s like Nazi Germany.”Washington’s population is about 50 percent black.Wearing masksRally organizers encouraged supporters to bring only US or Confederate flags-not neo-Nazi emblems-and cautioned them to avoid reacting angrily to counter-protesters.The few demonstrators who showed up for the most part wore masks or concealed their faces. Counter-protesters ridiculed the group for not having the courage to show their faces.Their police escort was such that it was all but impossible to get close enough to interview any of them.Trump has retweeted white nationalist material, said Mexicans crossing the US border are rapists and drug dealers, and tweeted demeaning descriptions of black athletes and politicians.A black former White House aide, Omarosa Manigault Newman, wrote in an upcoming memoir that Trump repeatedly uttered a racial slur while making his hit reality TV show “The Apprentice” prior to his presidential run, and that there are tapes to prove it. Trump called her a “lowlife.”last_img read more

CompetencyBased Education Scraps Semesters Tries To Measure Learning

first_imgListen Laura IsenseeDaniel Porter, 32, is earning his masters in education from WGU Texas. He said that the focus on skills and content lets him go at his own pace and also care for his baby daughter, Lucy.In higher education, semesters and credit hours are the typical measuring stick. But there’s a different approach that’s attracting more students, more colleges – and more scrutiny.It’s called competency-based education.It scraps the traditional idea of taking a course for a full semester. Instead it tries to measure what students know and can do.“And that’s a more innovative model that really measures mastery of learning rather than time spent in a classroom,” said WGU Texas Chancellor Veronica “Ronnye” Vargas Stidvent.It’s expanding in Texas and across the country.Western Governors University, which includes WGU Texas, is the largest and most established player in this arena. The online, nonprofit school has 70,000 students nationally and 7,500 in Texas, with nearly 5,000 graduates in the Lone Star State.Almost 600 other programs from various providers are in the works, including at the University of Texas system, according to the Competency-Based Education Network.Stidvent said that this model draws a lot of older students because it meets them where they are physically and academically.“So they can accelerate through those courses where they have a background, where they’ve taken a class where they’ve been doing this for years on the job, and then they can really spend their time learning and mastering that material that they don’t know,” she said.For Daniel Porter, it was an easy pick.He teaches high school geometry in Humble and wants to become a principal. So he’s getting his master’s in education. After a full day of teaching, he opened his laptop on the kitchen table and got ready to do his own homework with a special study buddy: his baby daughter Lucy.“There she is! Oh, want some more? Here come on,” Porter said.Porter gave his baby daughter Lucy a bottle while he checked out his next online assignment about leadership.He thought of Lucy and his wife when he enrolled with WGU Texas.“With WGU, I can stay at home and work on the computer and a lot of the other schools didn’t have that option,” he said.What really sold Porter is that it’s self-paced. He can complete as many credits as he can – for a flat tuition of about $6,000 a year. And he can still care for Lucy, like when she was born.“Basically for two or three weeks, I couldn’t do anything and with this go-at-your-own-pace, I was able to pick up and catch up pretty quick,” he said.The chancellor, Stidvent, said that saves students time and money.But not everyone’s convinced that it’s  the best approach.“It’s a budget education for people who can’t afford the thing that isn’t budget, right?” said Amy Slaton, who studies higher education at Drexel University.She worries students will miss out on other classroom experiences that a professor can’t even predict.“I mean, I learn a tremendous amount when I teach,” she said. “That’s because my students bring things to the room that I don’t expect to be there, right? And that does not happen if you’ve got a standard rubric there ahead of time where you’ve already decided what’s meaningful.” The doubts about competency-based education aren’t just theoretical. They’ve gotten the attention of the feds.The inspector general at U.S. Department of Education is conducting an audit of Western Governors.It’s ongoing, even as the nonprofit has been a darling of the Obama Administration.The inspector general’s office declined to comment about the audit. Inside Higher Ed has reported that it involves how much students interact with faculty.Regarding the audit, WGU said that it’s been reviewed by multiple groups before and passed inspection.As for the student experience, it said that it’s got that covered.  Mentors call and check in with students every week.Porter hears from his mentor, D.B. or Deborah Bartlett, regularly. She mentors 75 students total.“And I always ask him what has he accomplished and what’s his goals for next week. And I answer any questions he has,” Bartlett said.Porter said that he also chats online with other students, and his adviser for his final project will be someone he sees frequently: his principal on campus where he teaches.Porter said that he doesn’t miss the traditional college environment because he had that as an undergrad about ten years ago at Sam Houston State.Now he just wants to finish. He hopes to graduate in December 2016, a year earlier than his expected date.“Then again you know got little Lucy here, and as you can tell, she’s a bundle of joy,” he said.Editor’s Note: For full disclosure, WGU Texas is an underwriter of Houston Public Media. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share 00:00 /04:01last_img read more

Citing Racial Stereotype Supreme Court Says Texas Inmate Can Appeal Death Sentence

first_imgTexas Department of Criminal Justice via APDeath row inmate Duane Buck, seen here in an undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, won his request for an appeal of his death sentence.During a sentencing hearing in Texas two decades ago, a defense attorney for a man named Duane Buck called on an expert who said his client’s race made it more statistically likely that he would commit violent crimes in the future.Because of that statement, the Supreme Court has ruled 6-2 that Buck, who is black, can appeal his death sentence.It’s the latest development in a case that Chief Justice John Roberts describes as “a perfect storm” of circumstances that he says culminated in a lower court “making a decision on life or death on the basis of race.”That’s from the majority opinion, which Roberts wrote. Justice Clarence Thomas, who was joined by Justice Samuel Alito, wrote the dissenting opinion, in which he stated, “This is an unusual case.”Here’s how NPR’s Nina Totenberg described the case’s genesis, in a report after Buck’s execution had temporarily been put on hold in 2011:“In 1995, Buck, who is African-American, was convicted of killing two people and shooting a third. During the sentencing phase of his trial, psychologist Walter Quijano was called by the defense. Although Quijano testified that Buck would not pose a continuing threat to society if incarcerated, he also testified that blacks and Hispanics are statistically more likely than whites to commit future crimes.“When the prosecutor cross-examined Quijano, the psychologist testified that being black ‘increases the future dangerousness for various complicated reasons.’ Buck was ultimately sentenced to death by lethal injection.”The question of predicting Buck’s behavior was crucial to his sentence: The Supreme Court’s summary of the case states that under Texas law, “the jury was permitted to impose a death sentence only if it found unanimously and beyond a reasonable doubt that Buck was likely to commit acts of violence in the future.”Today, Roberts wrote, “Dr. Quijano’s testimony appealed to a powerful racial stereotype—that of black men as ‘violence prone.’ “When the case was argued last October, as Nina reported, “Justice Samuel Alito called the introduction of race as a predictor of violence ‘indefensible,’ but he was also the only justice who voiced skepticism about granting what’s called a certificate of appealability for Buck.”In pursuing an appeal of his death sentence, Buck has argued that he didn’t receive effective legal representation; he also says his case includes extraordinary circumstances that would merit an appeal.From the majority opinion:“Despite knowing Dr. Quijano’s view that Buck’s race was competent evidence of an increased probability of future violence, defense counsel called Dr. Quijano to the stand and asked him to discuss the ‘statistical factors’ he had ‘looked at in regard to this case.’“Dr. Quijano responded that certain factors were ‘know[n] to predict future dangerousness’ and, consistent with his report, identified race as one of them. ‘It’s a sad commentary,’ he testified, ‘that minorities, Hispanics and black people, are over represented in the Criminal Justice System.’ “The jury deliberated for two days before returning a death sentence for Buck. During that time, they asked to see “psychology reports” that had been entered into evidence.Back in 1999, Buck’s conviction and sentence were affirmed on direct appeal. But as Roberts wrote, “His case then entered a labyrinth of state and federal collateral review, where it has wandered for the better part of two decades.”Quijano gave similar testimony in other cases in Texas — and in 2000, then-Attorney General John Cornyn issued a statement about “problems associated with the testimony” of the psychologist. That was the year the Supreme Court vacated a judgment against Victor Hugo Saldano, whose capital murder trial included testimony from Quijano that Saldano’s Hispanic heritage increased the likelihood that he posed a danger.After the court’s ruling, Cornyn stated, “It is inappropriate to allow race to be considered as a factor in our criminal justice system.”But as the high court noted Wednesday, despite Buck’s case being among those Cornyn’s office identified as similar to Saldano’s, it was not among those in which prosecutors admitted error and allowed new sentencing hearings.Thomas wrote that the lower courts got Buck’s case right — and he opened his dissenting opinion with an attack on his colleagues’ analysis: “Having settled on a desired outcome, the Court bulldozes procedural obstacles and misapplies settled law to justify it.”Part of the problem, in Thomas’ view, is that the high court didn’t find the lower courts had used the wrong standards to determine their rulings — it’s that the majority “simply disagrees with the courts below” in how those standards were applied.Thomas also defended the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, saying that his colleagues’ criticisms of the appeals court — which the American Bar Association has dubbed “the nation’s most divisive, controversial and conservative” — were wrong, misplaced, and misguided.“The majority also has things just backwards,” Thomas writes.The justice also argued that the jury in the Buck case had sufficient reason to recommend a death sentence aside from the psychologist’s consideration of race, saying that the evidence “of both the heinousness of petitioner’s crime and his complete lack of remorse was overwhelming.”Thomas recounted the crimes Buck is convicted of, saying that despite the defense team’s assertion that the murder of Buck’s former girlfriend and another man was a crime of passion, the shootings were “premeditated and cruel.”Thomas noted that Buck had driven 28 miles to carry out his shooting rampage; that he had also shot his stepsister; that he killed his ex-girlfriend as her children looked on; and that he laughed and joked about the killings afterward.Citing the unique legal circumstances of this case, Thomas also wrote that the court’s ruling would likely have only limited legal impact:“Despite its errors, today’s opinion should have little effect on the broader law, for two reasons. For one thing, the Court’s reasoning is highly factbound, and the facts presented here are unlikely to arise again. For another, although the majority misapplies settled principles, it does not purport to actually alter any of those principles.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

HPs New Elite x2 Has an Insanely Bright 1000Nit Display

first_imgRAMUp to 16GBUp to 32GB Elite x2 G4EliteBook x360 1030 G4EliteBook x360 1040 G6 GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 620  Size11.39 x 8.51 x 0.35inches (11.39 x 8.74 x 0.56inches with keyboard)12.04 x 8.07 x 0.62 inches12.65 x 8.46 x 0.67 inches 14-inch: 1920 x 1080 or 3840 x 2160 Starting Price (Availability)$1,499 (August)$1,449 (July)$1,499 (July) 13.3-inch: 1920 x 1080 or 3840 x 2160 Author Bio Weight1.83 pounds (2.64 pounds with keyboard)2.78 pounds2.98 pounds Two Thunderbolt 3, one USB Type-C, headphone jack, nano SIM, HDMI 1.4 StorageUp to 2TB SSDcenter_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoForbes.comCrazy Rich Asians for RealForbes.comUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisement Rami Tabari, PortsTwo Thunderbolt 3, one USB Type-C, headphone jack, nano SIM Display12.3-inch: 1920 x 128013-inch: 1920 x 1280 or 3000 x 2000 CPUUp to Intel Core i7-8665U As soon as Rami Tabari sprung out of the College of Staten Island, he hit the ground running as a Staff Writer for Laptop Mag. He reviews every shape and form of a laptop as well as all sorts of cool tech. You can find him sitting at his desk surrounded by a hoarder’s dream of laptops, and when he navigates his way out to civilization, you can catch him watching really bad anime or playing some kind of painfully difficult game. He’s the best at every game and he just doesn’t lose. That’s why you’ll occasionally catch his byline in Tom’s Guide, taking on the latest Souls-like challenge. HP is once again revamping its 2-in-1 commercial lineup, delivering a brand new Elite x2, EliteBook x360 1030 and EliteBook x360 1040. But by far the most notable among them is the Elite x2 G4, as it’ll boast an insane 1000-nit display in its 13-inch form factor, which will be a welcome addition to the company’s stable of business laptops.The Elite x2 G4 will launch sometime in August and start at $1,499, while the EliteBook x360 1030 G4 and EliteBook x360 1040 G6 are slated for a July release, starting at $1,449 and $1,499, respectively.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 HP Elite x2 / EliteBook x360 1030 / EliteBook x360 1040 Price and specs Surprisingly, the specs are mostly identical across the Elite x2, x360 1030 and x360 1040. You can configure each of them with up to an Intel Core i7-8665U processor with an Intel UHD 620 GPU and a 2TB SSD. The only difference is that the Elite x2 and x360 1030 take up to 16GB of RAM while the x360 1040 can get 32GB. DesignAs you might expect, the EliteBooks look like — well, EliteBooks. The x360 1030 and x360 1040 sport a standard silver finish in a compact premium aluminum 2-in-1 design. While the Elite x2 has a similar design in tablet form, it also has an optional Folio Keyboard that lathers it in leather similar to the Spectre Folio, hence the name. I got some hands-on time with the Elite x2 and it felt pretty light (2.64 pounds), and it was also thin even with the keyboard (11.39 x 8.74 x 0.56 inches).The Elite x2, x360 1030 and x360 1040 all feature two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one USB Type-C port, a headphone jack and a nano SIM slot. The x360 1030 and x360 1040 exclusively feature an HDMI 1.4, but none of the new Elite-Series 2-in-1s have a USB Type-A port, which is disappointing.DisplayThe Elite x2 that I saw wasn’t sporting the 1000-nit panel, but it looked bright and colorful in its own right. There will actually be three configurations of the Elite x2’s display, and one of them will see it shrunk down to 12.3 inches (1920 x 1280), while the other two are 13 inches that come in either 1920 x 1080 (1000-nit Sure View) or 3000 x 2000. If you’re going for the 13-inch model, then you’ll have to decide between brighter or sharper screen.The x360 1030 (13.3-inch) and x360 1040 (14-inch) have more display configurations, but it’s just different combinations of qualities like being 1920 x 1080, 3840 x 2160, glossy, matte or Sure View.Keyboard and stylusTyping on the Elite x2’s keyboard felt relatively comfortable, but I was getting somewhat frustrated with the touchpad because of how short it is. From what I can by the photos of the Elite x2, the touchpad is actually bigger on the Collaboration Keyboard versus the Spectre Folio Keyboard that I tested.We’ll also see HP’s latest Rechargeable Active Pen G3 ($99) come optional with this line, which boasts the lowest starting pressure available in an active pen, requiring less than 5g of actuation force. In comparison, the Active Pen G1 required roughly 20g of force.Each of these laptops will, of course, feature Bang & Olufsen speakers as well as 1080p webcams. The Elite x2, however, will sport an additional rear-facing 8MP camera.Battery lifeHP rated the battery life on all three machines, and the Elite x2 (10 hours), x360 1030 (19 hours) and x360 1040 (24 hours) all land in the double digits, which is excellent, if that proves to be accurate on our own battery test.OutlookI’m excited to get my hands on some of HP’s new toys, especially the Elite x2 and its wild 1000-nit panel. I’m also curious to see how the reduced actuation force of the HP Rechargeable Active Pen G3 affects shading. Stay tuned for the full review and benchmarks once these laptops come through our lab.Best HP Laptops – Top Rated Laptops – Laptop MagBest Business Laptops – Ultrabooks – Laptop MagBest HP EliteBook Laptops Rami Tabari, onlast_img read more